By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Edo and Delta Zone of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested some persons involved in human trafficking and assisting people in illegal migration in Delta State.
It was gathered that the arrested persons whose number names were not disclosed to journalists was part of the clampdown exercise of the Agency in collaboration with the Delta State taskforce against Trafficking in Persons and Illegal Migration.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr Peter Mrakpor who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to journalists on Sunday in Asaba, said it was part of the moves by the state government to fight against human trafficking in Delta State
He said that it was becoming disturbing for fellow Nigerians to persuade parents to send their children abroad on the pretense of better life but with the ulterior motive of converting them to slaves on arrival in the unknown land
The Commissioner explained that the trade has brought untold pains and torture to youths who waved aside the warnings, thinking that there was better life abroad than Nigeria, adding that the process portends death untimely for those who have been involved in the act Mrakpor insisted that there was no better way in life in any part of the world than Nigeria, noting that If one could raise N1.5miillion to travel into crisis and suffering, such amount of money could help a person raise a big business that could catapult he or she to the lime light.
“We want to appeal to parents to know that the man or woman who is approaching you, your son or daughter that there better life in the United Kingdom, United States, Or Malaysia that the person is deceiving you, it’s unfortunate that parents do not do proper investigation and know the background of people who come to ask for their children to be taken abroad, and the taskforce by the state government will ensure all these will not see the light of the day,” he said